URBANA, Ill. – Whether you’re ankle-deep in water in your yard or are trying to introduce children to gardening, you can trust University of Illinois Extension horticulture experts for the answer. In addition to dozens of blogs and workshops, one can now watch live webinars and join a new Facebook group dedicated to growing and using plants.  

LIVE with the Horticulturalists is a biweekly lunch-time webinar led by Illinois Extension Horticulture educators Candice Hart, Kelly Allsup, and Ryan Pankau. Each webinar, they cover a unique topic and answer questions live.

Topics include:

  • Rain Gardens: June 3, noon CDT
    Guest Eliana Brown and Layne Knoche from University of Illinois Red Oak Rain Garden
  • Landscaping with Perennials: June 17, noon CDT
    With guest Horticulture Educator Martha Smith
  • Kids Gardening and Fairy Gardens: June 30, noon CDT
  • Vegetable Garden Pests: July 15, noon CDT
    With guest Horticulture Educator Ken Johnson
  • Tree Pests: July 29, noon CDT (tentative)
    With guest Diane Plewa, Plant Diagnostic Outreach Specialist

To watch the videos live, visit either the Illinois Extension Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UIExtension or YouTube at www.youtube.com/UIextension. Also, one may follow the Illinois Extension Facebook page for updates about live videos. The videos are recorded and uploaded to Facebook at go.illinois.edu/HortLIVEfacebook and YouTube at go.illinois.edu/HortLIVEyoutube.

The Illinois Extension Horticulture Group is open to anyone who enjoys gardening and horticulture-related topics. Once they join the group, members are welcome to share photos and ask questions that will be answered by Extension moderators.

The horticulture program is a branch of University of Illinois Extension that provides research-based information and training about soil testing, tree health, lawn care, pest identification and control, and vegetable gardening. The horticulture program also provides Master Gardener training. More information is available at extension.illinois.edu/global/horticulture.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact Candice Hart. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs.